A Rookie’s Guide To Greener Driving

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Saving the planet is one of the major benefits of driving in an environmentally conscious way, of course. But there are plenty more besides. Green driving also helps reduce the volume of nasty fumes that you spread everywhere, which have an impact on the health of people in your community. And let’s not forget that, ultimately, eco-friendly driving actually saves you a lot of money at the pumps.

So, if you want to start making a better impact on the environment and save yourself a lot of money in fuel, read on. Our guide will reveal a few simple things you need to do to embrace eco-friendly driving and get the most out of it. Let’s get started with the absolute basics – your car.

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Buy the right car

First of all, the next time you are going to buy a new car, think about the many different cleaner fuel technologies that are slowly becoming the norm these days. Electric vehicles, hybrids, gas-powered vehicles and even biofuel-powered vehicles are all excellent options that ensure a cleaner drive.

Don’t buy a car

Ask yourself, do you even need purchase a car? If you can drive less often, it’s the best way to save money and do your bit for the environment at the same time. Of course, all households need some sort of vehicle, but do you need two – or three? Maybe you can survive with a small, fuel-efficient city vehicle and mix it up with public transport, cycling, or walking.

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Car rental

The average owned car is around eight years old. So the chances are that the vehicle you drive is not up to date with the latest clean technology that all modern cars tend to have. Compare this with car hire, which gives you the opportunity to drive a vehicle that has an average age is around eight months. Instead of taking your car on your next holiday, rent one instead and you will be more fuel efficient, as well as protecting your vehicle from depreciation.

Driving style

Of course, one of the biggest factors influencing your eco-credentials is the way you drive your vehicle. If you are thrashing about the place, braking hard, and driving over the recommended speed limit for fuel efficiency, you are literally burning money. Drive smoothly, and you will see your petrol and diesel bills reduce by a significant amount.

Proper maintenance

Make sure that your car is running properly by investing in an annual service. You need to ensure your tyres are inflated to the right pressure, too, and also avoid over-revving the engine, and keep your oil and fluids topped up to maximise performance. Yes, this is going to cost you money, but in the long-term, it will pay off. Research shows that cars that are well-maintained run more efficiently, and have a longer lifespan than those that don’t.

So, there you have it – a few different tactics for taking a greener approach to driving. Do you have any more to add? Let us know in the comments section below!

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